VMLab: Infrastructure to Support Desktop Virtualization Experiments for Research and Education
In terms of convenience and cost-savings, user communities have benefited from transitioning to Virtual Desktop Clouds (VDCs) that are accessible via thin-clients, moving away from dedicated hardware and software in "Traditional desktops". Allocating and managing VDC resources in a scalable and cost-effective manner poses unique challenges to cloud service providers. User workload profiles in VDCs are bursty, such as in daily desktop startup, or when a user switches between text and graphics-intensive applications. Also, the user Quality of Experience (QoE) of thin-clients is highly sensitive to network health variations within the Internet.